HB 2269 Coal and mineral mining.
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Coal and mineral mining. Removes provisions in Title 45.1 (Mines and Mining), Chapters 14.2 (Mine Safety Act), 14.7 (Rights of Owners of Adjacent Land) and 18 (Refuse Piles, Water and Silt Retaining Dams), that pertain to mineral mining and enacts new chapters that apply only to mineral mining. The result is that separate but virtually identical laws will apply to coal mining and mineral mining. Certain substantive differences exist between current law and the new mineral mining provisions, including: the addition of a definition of an "approved competent person," who may perform some of the duties of a mine foreman; the expansion of a prohibition on the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy personnel having any affiliation with a coal mining company, association or labor union to include mineral mining companies, associations and labor unions; a requirement that mineral mine foremen and independent contractors perform periodic safety inspections; and authority to transfer mineral mine operation licenses to successor operators. Also, several of the provisions of Chapter 18 currently apply only to coal mining, but identical sections will, under the bill, apply to mineral mining.

Full text:
01/17/97  House: Presented & ordered printed 970359100  pdf
01/31/97  House: Printed as engrossed 970359100-E  pdf
02/21/97  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2269ER)  pdf
03/19/97  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0390)  pdf

House amendments

01/17/97  House: Presented & ordered printed 970359100
01/17/97  House: Referred to Committee on Mining and Mineral Resources
01/29/97  House: Reported from M. & M. R. with amds. (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/97  House: Read first time
01/31/97  House: Read second time
01/31/97  House: Committee amendments agreed to
01/31/97  House: Engrossed by House as amended
01/31/97  House: Printed as engrossed 970359100-E
02/01/97  House: Read third time and passed House (Block Vote) (98-Y 0-N)
02/01/97  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N)
02/01/97  House: Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/01/97  House: Passed House (Block Vote) (100-Y 0-N)
02/01/97  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/01/97  House: Communicated to Senate
02/03/97  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (36-Y 4-N)
02/03/97  Senate: Referred to Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources
02/10/97  Senate: Reported from A. C. & N. R. (14-Y 0-N)
02/11/97  Senate: Const. reading disp., passed by for the day (40-Y 0-N)
02/11/97  Senate: VOTE: CONST. READING DISPENSED (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/97  Senate: Read third time
02/12/97  Senate: Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/12/97  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE (40-Y 0-N)
02/21/97  House: Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2269ER)
02/26/97  House: Enrolled
02/26/97  House: Signed by Speaker
02/27/97  Senate: Signed by President
03/15/97  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 390 (effective 7/1/97)
03/19/97  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0390)